Edinburgh's Hogmanay, 4 Days
Day 1 Edinburgh to Livingston. Discover what life was like onboard The Queen's floating royal residence with a visit to The Royal Yacht Britannia, before fuelling up with an early supper at your hotel. Next up, join the 'river of fire' at the annual torchlight procession, signalling the start of...
Travel Dates: Only on 30 December 2016
Corners of Cornwall, 7 Days, SAVE $317*
Day 1 London to Wells to Dartmoor National Park. From London, we set off on our adventure to England's From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of the South Western tip of Engl...
Travel Dates: Selected departure dates 23 April - 18 October 2017
Corners Of Cornwall, 7 Days
Day 1 London - Wells - Dartmoor National Park. We travel to the tiny market city of Wells, known for its attractive cathedral and Vicar's Close. Explore the local shops, or perhaps enjoy a coffee before we continue to Dartmoor National Park. As the landscape changes, we meander through beautiful ...
Travel Dates: 13 April - 16 October 2016
Highlights Of Britain, 9 Days
Day 1 London - Oxford - Cotswolds. There is no better introduction to England than Oxford, the 'city of dreaming spires'. We visit one of its imposing university colleges and enjoy a walk through the city. Later, at a traditional 18th century woollen mill, we learn about the industry that is the ...
Travel Dates: 19 November 2015 - 11 October 2016
Bavaria and the Romantic Road, 8 Days
Day 1 Munich to Regensburg to Weltenburg Abbey to Nuremberg. Begin your spectacular journey at the Old Town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a vibrant, medieval past. Discover the major landmarks and monuments of one of the most important towns during the Middle Ages and learn abo...
Travel Dates: 25 November - 16 December 2016
Austria and Bavaria: A Winter Wonderland, 9 Days
Day 1 Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle to Garmisch to Partenkirchen. Realise your childhood Disney dreams all at once as you tour the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle, inspiration for Disney's famous Magic Kingdom. Meandering through King Ludwig II's fantasy residence with its idyllic setting will ...
Travel Dates: 27 November 2016 - 5 March 2017
Iberian Inspiration, 11 Days, SAVE $454*
Day 1 Madrid to Toledo. After meeting in Madrid, we begin our journey to Toledo, the 'Imperial City'. Impressive cathedrals, the magnificent Synagogue of Santa Maria East meets west, and past meets present. Spain and Portugal offer a heady mix of treasures, from Arabic palaces and Roman temples t...
Travel Dates: Selected departure dates 6 April - 19 October 2017
Christmas in Scotland, 8 Days
Day 1 Edinburgh to Linlithgow Palace to St Andrews. Feel as though you have stepped back in time with a visit to the magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Next up, we travel through the fishing villages of the East Neuk region, framed by blustery coastal paths...
Travel Dates: Only on 23 December 2016
Italian Indulgence, 12 Days, SAVE $529*
Day 1 Rome to Assisi to Perugia. They may say all roads lead to Rome, but after meeting up, our route whisks us away to awe-inspiring Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis. We marvel at the towering 13th century Basilica of St Francis, and lose ourselves in the labyrinthine lanes of this medieval ...
Travel Dates: Selected departure dates 6 April - 8 October 2017
Italian Indulgence, 12 Days
Day 1 Rome - Assisi - Perugia. We drive to the picturesque town of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis. After exploring this labyrinthine medieval village and visiting the 13th century Basilica of Saint Francis we travel through the beautiful Umbrian countryside to Perugia, a lively medieval ...
Travel Dates: 7 April - 6 October 2016
Back-Roads Touring is a small-group touring concept offering leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe. Tours explore local areas that might otherwise be missed such as Cornwall, La Provence, Loire Valley, the Scottish Highlands and Northern Italy. Tours range from one to 14 days in length. This company has more than 25 years experience touring the UK and Europe, with guides that are both knowledgeable and approachable.
Why Travel with Back-Roads
Maximum Group Size 18
With a maximum of 18 passengers, their professional tour leaders are able to offer a more personalised experience, with more attention to the interests of individuals and flexible touring days
Scenic Back Roads not freeways
Back-Roads touring mini-coaches can travel along local roads and across breath-taking mountain passes, to find charming villages and picturesque vistas which lie beyond the well-worn tourist trails, and reach places where large motor coaches cannot go
They choose charming accommodation to reflect the character of the region you visit, from a French chateau, to a small country inn. Every style of accommodation is in keeping with its surrounds and brings more authenticity to the itinerary
Authentic Local Experiences
Back-Roads touring recognise that authentic local experiences have greater appeal than attractions on the typical tourist trail. They take the time to seek out experiences where the guests can relate to local crafts and culture
Sampling local cuisine is an integral part of experiencing the culture – not to mention one of life’s pleasures. They include authentic culinary experiences which are locally sourced
Leisurely Paced Itineraries
They rarely leave the accommodation before 8.30am and the itineraries are thoughtfully planned to avoid cramming too much into one day. Sometimes you’ll have an afternoon – or even a day – at leisure. And, they promise that we keep long drives to a minimum
Did you know...
- 20% of Back-Roads travellers are single travellers
- Once Back-Roads has four confirmed passengers, the tour is guaranteed to run
- Return passengers receive a 2.5% discount on all future tours
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"Superb trip, will thoroughly recommend the tour and will look forward to our next tour with your company. Giovanni was great. His nature and kindness was outstanding and he looked after us all, nothing was ever a bother - he could accommodate all requests. Thank you, thank you! I loved travelling the back roads and going to small villages. My favourite authentic local experiences were Chipping Campden - wonderful 2 nights stay and food at the Abbey Hotel - superb."
“I have travelled before on a typical large group tour. Travelling in a small group was much better. I especially liked the smaller number of 13 passengers. Having experienced the tour I appreciated staying in hotels with local décor and within the old areas of the cities we visited. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. My favourite local experience was the Flamenco Show in Seville."
"Everything was run at a leisurely pace, which allowed us to truly appreciate the scenery and the fact that we could stop along the way to take pictures when we wanted to. Yann added to the enjoyment with his humour, consideration and being there for any questions and translations. The highlight of my tour was The Chateaus, Monets' Garden - My favourite local experience was the picnic lunch, with local cheese and wines."
"After an exhausting few weeks of touring I appreciated the leisurely pace and authenticity of the Backroads tour. The driver + guide enhanced the tour- local knowledge, humour, caring and very well prepared. Excellent! Good team work. The charming accommodation and the different types of hotels gave a unique flavour to the tour- an authentic touch, often not gained when staying at larger hotels catering for the tourists. A wonderful tour, thank you!”
"I have just finished my first of three Back-Roads tours and it was absolutely awesome! I feel that because we were in a smaller bus, we were able to go to different places and in my opinion even better locations. On this tour I really got a feel for Scotland not just the usual spots and highways. There were so many wow moments...all of the Skye portion was incredible, especially the Quiraing, Old Man of Stor, Kilt Rock, the Kelpies ....They were all fabulous and our tour leader Tom was fantastic! Tom was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about Scotland. He shared his love of this country and left me loving it too! He was attentive to all of us and very respectful and kind. The group really came together with Tom as the nucleus. He also had a way of making us feel laid back and relaxed yet still keeping to a schedule. He had a great sense of humour. I am very glad to have found Back-Roads ...."